Monday, July 9, 2007


Rooms on View was recently held in Johannesburg. As their website says, it is "A top-end show devoted specifically to the décor industry – interior decoration, the design of furniture, ceramics, fabrics and other household items. You can expect to see cutting edge thinking in the world of design, incorporating local and international designers, lifestyle merchants, and the best new young names to watch in the future."

The booths that caught my eye were those of House and Leisure magazine, White on White, Weylandt, as well as South Africa House (which walked away with top honours).

A dear friend of mine, Ros Geber, was my eyes and ears on the ground, and also had a hand in the third-place holder, White on White's Timbuktu, so we can look forward to more news from her on this show at a later date.

In the meantime, here's a snippet of what Trevyn McGowan said about her room, and I think it really says a lot about design in South Africa right now. McGowan's room was called A Garden of Earthly Delights, winning the Gold Conde Nast House & Garden and Home Fabrics Best Stand Award.

"We wanted to celebrate South African heritage, the richness of the country and the vibrancy of now," McGowan said. "We think that this is an exciting time to be part of the South African design community."

(Photos from the Rooms on View website)

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